Thursday, May 21, 2015

Robert Milligan

Statue of Robert Milligan by Richard Westmacott, West India Docks, Canary Wharf, London
Statue of Robert Milligan by Richard Westmacott, 1813
In front of the Museum of London Docklands
West India Docks, Canary Wharf
London, September 2014

“Robert Milligan (1745-1809) was one of the leading figures behind the building of the West India Docks. He is mentioned on the large stone inscription on the western end of this block as being Deputy Chairman of the West India Dock Company. Of those who opened the dock in 1802 he was rated fourth after the Lord Chancellor, the prime minister (William Pitt) and the Chairman of the West India Dock Company. At the base of the statue there is a bas relief showing Britannia and a cornucopia in the foreground with sailing ship behind. A woman and children who are perhaps meant to be West Indian are also shown.”
(Canary Wharf and West India Docks, Exploring East London)

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